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Bike Parking

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Types of Bike Parking | Request a Bike Rack | Bike Parking Locations in the City | Bike Racks and Building Permit Approvals | Additional Resources


Secure bike parking is a critical amenity to get more people on two wheels. The SFMTA plays a proactive role in installing bike parking racks on sidewalks and in select on-street spaces for short-term parking. Every year, the SFMTA aims to install 500 to 1,000 bike racks across the city. You can also request a sidewalk bike rack or bike corral near you. Commuters may be interested in using long term bike parking, such as bike lockers to park their bike.

Our bike parking spaces by the numbers:


WHAT TYPES OF BIKE PARKING ARE AVAILABLE IN SAN FRANCISCO?

The SFMTA installs racks for short-term bike parking (under two hours) in the public right-of-way (on the sidewalk or in the parking lane) by request, at no charge. The SFMTA does not install racks on private property, in front of exclusively residential buildings or for purposes of longer-term bike storage. Only requests for locations where the SFMTA Bicycle Parking Guidelines can be met will be fulfilled. In general, there are two types of short-term bicycle parking, including: sidewalk bicycle racks and bicycle corrals.

SHORT-TERM BIKE PARKING

Sidewalk Bike Racks
Sidewalk bicycle racks are installed on the sidewalk for short-term (2 hour) parking in the public right of way. Most sidewalk bicycle racks look like an inverted-U shape and up to two bicycles can be parked on the rack.
 
Bicycle Corrals 
On-street bicycle parking corrals are bicycle racks placed in the parking lane on the roadway where short-term demand for bike parking is higher than can be accommodated on the sidewalk. Approximately 8 to 12 bikes can be parked in one car space­­­—making bike corrals a comparatively efficient use of roadway space.
 
LONG-TERM BIKE PARKING
Long-term bicycle parking (more than two hours) should be low or no cost to users, easy to use, and readily available in dense urban areas with demand for secure facilities.  Most existing long-term bicycle parking in San Francisco is provided by our regional transit operators, BART and Caltrain.

The SFMTA provides long-term bicycle parking options primarily at city-owned garages in and around downtown. Before planning your trip, take a look at the bicycle parking options at SFMTA Garages.


HOW CAN I REQUEST A BIKE RACK?

If you’re interested in requesting a sidewalk bicycle rack, please visit our online public request form link below:

Request a new sidewalk bicycle rack

Prior to submitting your request, please take a look at the Bicycle Rack Specifications and the Sidewalk Bicycle Rack Placement Guidelines.

If you’re interested in requesting a bicycle corral at a curbside near you, any business should carefully review the Bike Corral Standards and Application Form for more information.

Report graffiti and/or damaged bike racks here


WHERE IS BICYCLE PARKING LOCATED IN THE CITY?

There are over 5,000 bicycle racks and corrals citywide available for public use. Most existing long-term bicycle parking in San Francisco is provided by our regional transit operators, BART and Caltrain.

The SFMTA provides long-term bicycle parking options in city-owned garages in and around downtown with a combination of bicycle racks at most locations and electronic bike lockers at a various public garages throughout the city.

Before planning your trip, take a look at the bicycle parking options available at selected SFMTA Garages.


ARE SIDEWALK BICYCLE RACKS PART OF YOUR BUILDING PERMIT APPROVAL PROCESS?

SFMTA has final authority on the type, placement and number of short-term bicycle racks within the public right-or-way. For anyone seeking a building permit in San Francisco, prior to issuance of the first architectural addenda, the project sponsor must contact the SFMTA Bike Parking Program at bikeparking@sfmta.com to coordinate the installation of on-street bicycle racks and ensure that the proposed bicycle racks meet the SFMTA bicycle parking guidelines. Depending on local site conditions and anticipated demand, SFMTA may request the project sponsor pay an in-lieu fee for Class II bike racks (short-term bike parking) required by the Planning Code Sections 155.1, 155.4, and 155.5

For information on rack choice and placement, please review the SFMTA’s Bicycle Parking Guidelines, Standards, and Recommendations.

For information about planning code compliance, contact Code Enforcement, Planning Department at 415-575-6863, www.sf-planning.org


ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

For information about long-term bike parking in San Francisco office buildings, please refer to the Employee Bike Access Bill passed by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 2012. This bill requires owners of commercial buildings to either provide secure bicycle parking in buildings or to allow the tenants to bring their bicycles into the building.

Long-Term Bicycle Parking Business Plan
The SFMTA seeks to expand secure bicycle parking opportunities at transit centers, employment and retail areas and high residential neighborhoods. Currently, the SFMTA is performing location, facility and economic feasibility studies for new long-term bicycle parking stations in three areas of San Francisco, including the Mid-Market Area, Transbay Center, and West Portal. The results of this work will inform next steps for design and construction of these stations

OUR PARTNERS

The SFMTA is currently installing bicycle parking facilities thanks to funding by the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) Transportation Fund for Clean Air (TFCA) Bicycle Facilities Program (BFP) and County Program Manager’s Program.

Contact Information 
Bike Parking
415.646.2526